Ms. Gabriel's second graders
read The Snow Party by Beatrice Schenkde Regniers. We only
read the first part of the story to the students, stopping with the
woman wishing for company and the man bringing in the chicks.
With the knock at the door, the students began writing their own
ending to the story.
Before writing we did a lot of
brainstorming and discussing of things the might happen in our
ending. We provided them with a starting sentence, but the
rest of the story was contributed by the students themselves.
We were amazed at how closely their story followed the author's
original story in some places!
"Coming!" the woman said.
She grabbed the
freezing cold doorknob and opened the door. Standing in the doorway
was a man dressed in a white baker's hat.
The woman gasped and
jumped up and down.
"Aren't you that
K-M Bakery man?" she asked.
am," he answered. "I was trying to deliver a chocolate
fudge birthday cake, but I got a flat tire."
The woman said,
"Please come in and get warm."
fudge birthday cake will get frozen if it sits in the truck. I don't
want it to be ruined. I will give it to you!" he told her.
the woman exclaimed. "I'd love to have the cake, but who can I
share it with?"
Just then there was
another knock at the door. It was her husband, with his arms full of
cold baby chicks.
The chicks tried to
fly over to the cake, but they couldn't because their wings were too
short. The farmer put some seeds in their boxes to keep them away
from the cake.
They were interrupted
by a third knock at the door.
All their neighbors
were standing there. "We saw a cake come to your door. Are you
having a party?"
"Of course we
are! Come join us," she replied.
The K-M Bakery man
said he'd bring in the other cakes and pies from his truck.
"Is anyone a
fiddler?" asked the woman? "Yes, I am!" exclaimed a
She started playing
Yankee Doodle and everyone started dancing and clapping. They danced
and ate until morning.
When the sun came up,
the snow had stopped. Everybody went home and went to bed.
The woman and her
husband cleaned up the mess, and then drifted off to sleep.
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